One minute, down and out actor Lorenzo Smythe was -- as usual -- in a bar, drinking away his troubles as he watched his career go down the tubes. Then a space pilot bought him a drink, and the next thing Smythe knew, he was shanghaied to Mars.
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Robert Anson Heinlein. surprised that you were willing to tackle me. Tell me,
have I ever seen you in stereo, or anywhere?" I had given my legal name, of
course, when the Emperor demanded it; I now rather timidly gave my
Is that what you meant?" Corpsman hesitated like an actor not quite sure of his
lines. "Of course. But it amounts to a promise." "Not until the public
announcement is made, it doesn't." "But the announcement was made, I tell you.
Two hours ago ...
"That ought to nail his hide to the door," agreed Rog. "Here's the 'safe' list, Chief.
Want to look it over? We're due there in twenty minutes." "Oh, that damned
meeting. I don't see why I should look at the list. Anything you want to tell me
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - baswood - LibraryThing
This 1956 Hugo award winning novel is included in the science fiction masterwork series and either has not aged well or was a lack lustre rip-off from the start. It takes as a basis for its story the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Stevil2001 - LibraryThing
I was surprised how much I liked this book. It's a relatively simple and predictable plot: Lorenzo Smythe is an actor hired to impersonate a politician at a key political moment. Only thing is, the ... Read full review